Victor Liong's prosperity salad (Yee sang)
Prep 20 mins
Raw sliced fish symbolises abundance and excess, with the plum sauce dressing bringing sweet beginnings, golden wonton crackers a symbol of wealth and the sprinkling of sesame seeds happiness and growth in the family and the new year. Tossed together and enjoyed together as a family or with friends, a Chinese tradition, enjoyed by everyone this Year of the Tiger.
300g raw fish, such as NZ salmon or ocean trout, kingfish or another sashimi-styl fish
A small handul each of various julienne colourful and textural vegetables of your liking, heirloom carrots, spring onion, kohlrabi, daikon, cucumber - about a handful of each
Fried wonton skins, to garnish
Lime juice, to taste
Roasted sesame seeds, to garnish
PLUM & SESAME DRESSING
220g plum sauce
1 tbsp yuzu juice or lime juice
2 tbsp water
3 tsp soy sauce
30gm sesame oil
1 pinch five spice powder
1. For the plum and sesame dressing, stir ingredients in a jug and set aside.
2. Slice ocean trout or salmon and lay slices onto the plate, traditionally a red fish like salmon is used, but you can use kingfish or whatever sashimi quality fish you have on hand - Yee Sang literally means raw fish
3. Arrange small mounds of the julienne vegetable around the centre of the plate.
4. Top salad with fried wonton skins (as a symbol for gold), toasted sesame seeds (as a symbol for fertility), crushed peanut brittle (as a symbol for sweetness), fresh lime (for balance and harmony) and the sweet and sour dressing pour over to taste at the table, then toss together with chopsticks and serve.
N O T E
Find out more from Victor Liong on how to celebrate the New Year.
Photography by Parker Blaine and recipe by Victor Liong.